Amazingly good review of the Jones frame and fork in Bicycle Quarterly. Apparently it Planes. But not for me, not yet anyway.
Tires play a big part in how a bike feels, and I’ve been obsessing over tires for a while. Thanks to a bike swap acquisition, I’m now the proud owner of a pair of Schwalbe SuperMotos – quite possibly the same ones Jan and Fancy Fred rode on their Jones.
Today I aired them up and rode them around. After 3 months on knobbies, the difference is pretty dramatic.
Handles much, much worse. Which is weird, because Jan and Fred raved about these tires on this bike. I even got myself a low pressure air guage and measured the pressure I’m running at.
At very similar pressures to what they have, (15.5 front, 17 rear), I felt like I was in no danger at all of a pinch flat, but the rear end of the bike felt very reluctant to turn.
I bumped the rear up to 20 on the way home and that felt better, but still very strange. I’m going to try 25 tomorrow.